For God so loved the world that He gave….
JOHN 3:16 NIV
1. Give the Gift of Encouragement.
Instead of writing letters to Santa, have children write letters to someone who needs encouragement this Christmas. For example, soldiers, nursing home residents, or hospital patients.
2. Give the Gift of Hope.
Adopt a needy family in your church or community. Bless them with Christmas presents or a special dinner.
3. Give the Gift of Joy.
Find simple ways to bring a smile to someone’s face during the Christmas season. For example, pay for the car behind you at a drive-through.
4. Give the Gift of Kindness.
Offer your time or energy to someone in need. Hang lights for an elderly neighbor or wrap presents for an overwhelmed new mom.
5. Give the Gift of Words.
Speak words of affirmation and affection to your friends and family. Take time to write a special note in your Christmas cards.
6. Give the Gift of Faith.
Read the Christmas story with your family. Talk about what Christ’s birth means for your lives today.
7. Give the Gift of Peace.
In the midst of the hustle and bustle of the season, set aside one “silent night” to be at home. Light a fire, curl up with a cup of hot chocolate, and take a few moments to rest.
8. Give the Gift of Hospitality.
Invite someone to your home who may not have family close by or host an open house for your neighbors.
9. Give the Gift of Time.
Help nursing home residents write Christmas letters, offer to baby-sit so busy parents can go on a date, or spend a few hours at a shelter.
10. Give the Gift of Love.
Whatever you do, ask God to help you reflect His heart and share the love that inspired Him to send us the very best gift of all.
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